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Neccabashar

By: Vee James
Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
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Poor Neccabashar. As the youngest demon on the Evil Council, he’s tried everything to gain the respect of the elder demons and still they ignore and slight him at every opportunity. But Neccabashar has a plan, a scheme that will finally garner him the respect he so craves: he will bring evil and chaos to the last pure bastion of good, the Happy Kingdom.

©2017 Vernon L. James III (P)2018 Vernon L. James III

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A Medieval Romp With Demons & Spirits

Neccabashar isn't getting the breaks he thinks he should be getting in hell. He has a plan to change this. With a cast of bizarre characters, lots of humour, twists and turns, a love story and magic the tale moves on a pace. Wonderful narration adds to the enjoyment.

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  • Ivy Moore
  • 14-01-19

darkly funny!

Vee James is a fan of Terry Pratchett and it definitely shows.

In looking for a villain in Happy Kingdom, Neccabasher found the perfect person: a little girl. I had a vision of Elmyra Duff in my head during the conversations she has with her "toys" (remember "I will love him, and hug him and call him George"?) There is a good reason many horror movies use a child as an object of horror. The juxtaposition between "sweet looking" and "scary" is a successful combination. Vee James' writing is darkly comedic and while Neccabasher appears to be written for children, the macabre humor is appealing to all ages. In exploring his authors page here and on Amazon, it appears he is a newer author. He is a natural and I really hope he continues to write.

I loved this book and wow! the narrator was the icing on a very delicious cake. This is the only book I've heard narrated by Hills but his adept use of different voices is very well done. He skillfully and accurately reflects the atmosphere and humor of this audio book.

Vee James and Hannibal Hills is a great combination. I saw that James has given Neccabasher another story and I certainly hope Hills narrates that one also.

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  • TU
  • 24-12-18

Loved it!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I absolutely loved this book. It is very funny and tongue-in-cheek. The demonic main character is likable and engaging. The narration is VERY well done and really brings this story to life. I pretty much binge-listened to this and finished it in a day because I was enjoying it so much.

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  • Jesstastic
  • 11-12-18

pretty funny

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

My Rating
Story: 4 / Narration: 5

Book Summary:
Neccabashar is a demon who works on the Evil Council. He's got the lowest position on the counsel, and they never listen to his suggestions or advice or take him at all seriously. His assigned dominion of Happy Kingdom is suffering...with goodness. He has been on the hot seat for his region not producing enough evil minions and he's sick of it. To rectify this and prove he is worthy of his position, he goes to Happy Kingdom in search of the most evil person in the land to use as his pawn in spreading evil's bad word. His source of pure evil ends up being a little girl, of course. Together, they start pitting the citizens against one another, causing terrible mischief, and working to get the Knight of the Realm replaced with one they can use as a puppet. Not everything goes as plan. At all.

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This book is funny. I haven't read anything by Vee James previously, so I went in knowing nothing about the author's style. It's interesting enough to keep you reading and the characters are developed enough to become vested. The antics are silly, fun and rated PG-13. Had the story been left open for more, I would more than likely listen to the next. However, Vee James wrapped his story up nice and neat at the end, unlike so many books out there that seems rushed just to end or we are left with thinking it should be more. Thankfully this was all wrapped up as a stand alone book should be.

The narrator for the audiobook Hannibal Hills was fantastic. I love his voice. FULL STOP. His character voicing was great and I knew who was who, which is sometimes hard if you don't have a quality narrator. Hannibal Hills is quality. I'll search out other books he has narrated. You KNOW that a bad narrator can ruin the whole book. Not Hannibal Hills! He definitely helps this book earn its 4 stars. He's a 5 star narrator imo.

The only con I have about this book is that is feels like it was penned by a YA writer who is trying to break out of YA and into mainstream Comedic Supernatural for a broader audience, but fails to quite get out of YA. It's not bad, but this borderlines YA and nonYA and I think a distinction should be made.

TLDR: Funny story. Great narrator. More YA than Comedic Supernatural, but as long as you know that and like YA/Supernatural Comedies, you should have no problem. I recommend it for people who DO like YA & Supernatural Comedies.

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  • slozzy
  • 04-12-18

A Delightful Demon Tale with a Great Narrator

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving this review. All opinions are my own.

The book is about Neccabashar, a demon, who hatches a plan to take over Happy Kingdom. He is sure that the other demons will notice and this will garner him the praise he seeks. So, he goes to Happy Kingdom and begins his work, by whispering doubts into the ears of the villagers which cause them to make different decisions or wonder about their neighbor. [I don't want to divulge the exact plan or how he goes about accomplishing his goal.] Neccabashar also has a mother, who worries about him and cooks him dinner. This is a delightful tale of good v. evil and what really makes for a happy life. The story can be enojyed by kids [probably from 8 or 9 years old] through adults. There are plenty of nice lessons to be learned and some of the characters in the book are children, to whom the younger listeners could relate. There is plenty of humor in the story and some real comical moments.

The narrator, Hannabal Hills, was fantastic! His voice reminded me of Tom Ellis from Lucifer. Just a perfect fit. He did voices for the different characters and his narration was very smooth and very pleasant on the ears. Just like Neccabashar, he can cast a spell.

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  • Michael Parker
  • 18-01-19

A wickedly fun fairytale!

The book follows poor Neccabasher, as he tries to spread evil through the kingdom. Filled with humor, and mishaps as he goes. The story builds quickly and flows nicely. The narration is well done. If you like your fairytales a little less Disney, this is for you! Recommended for people of all ages.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Diego
  • 08-01-19

Great tale

I really enjoyed this story. Neccabashar is just trying to move up in the underworld like anybody else and his intentions to influence a young bad girl from happy kingdom eventually blow up in his face. This was a great light hearted read. Hannibal Hills did a great job narrating. He really brought all the characters to life from the demon, his goblin servant, the knight and countless others. I will save this story to listen to with the whole family as we take a trip to the beach this summer. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • James
  • 22-12-18

Light hearted devils

This is a quirky/funny story with entertaining characters. Well worth the listen.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”